A Broughty Ferry Post Office has had its refurbishment delayed despite complaints of it being littered with “mess”.
The Gray Street branch was originally going to close from February 22 to March 11 to be given a makeover but residents have now been told the refurbishment has been postponed “indefinitely”.
Christine Kenny, from Broughty Ferry, regularly uses the branch.
She said: “The condition of the Post Office is a disgrace, with quite a bit of litter around.
“There are bags of rubbish dumped in the front shop.”
She added: “It was to be refurbished, but when I was in today the assistant mentioned it has been postponed.
“The Post Office should have a say about its condition.
“Even a brush, cloth or duster wouldn’t go amiss.”
Ferry councillor Craig Duncan spoke of the store’s condition, saying: “The refurbishment has been deferred by the postmaster rather than the Post Office. In a way it’s disappointing but it helps in the short term because the Barnhill Post Office remains closed due to fire damage.”
He added: “A lot of these matters are down to the postmaster rather than the Post Office to deal with.
“I understand the purpose of the refurbishment is to bring these things up to spec and I welcome that and it will happen at some point. It’s a sizeable building and most of the floor space is not being used at the moment.”
“We don’t have a timescale for the works to be done but I’ll find out more in the next two to three months.
“As soon as I am aware, I will make that public.”
In a statement, the Post Office thanked the Tele for bringing the state of the store to their attention and said the postmaster will be contacted regarding the concerns.
Postal services at the Barnhill office on Nursery Road have been closed since a fire at the MS News shop on October 31.
The fire caused almost £12,000 worth of damage, closing the store “indefinitely”.
The Gray Street shop was closed in January last year until July, so the store could be made more modern.
After the last refurbishment, the store had four serving positions on a modern-screened counter, two open-plan positions and a serving point at the retail section.
The opening hours also increased by 13 hours a week, to operate from 9am-5.30pm.